Choral Society "Armonia" of Preveza was founded in 1969 by a group of musical presenters with conductor Andronikos Kourouklis, with strong love for choral music and with the aim of promoting music in the small town of Preveza. Since then, the choir has made a brilliant journey both in the country and abroad.
Main Stations in History:
- 1977, world's first performance of the project "Eleytheroi Poliorkimenoi" in music by Yannis Markopoulos and lyrics by Dionysios Solomos
- 1983, the foundation of the International Choral Festival of Preveza
- 1995, the establishment of an International Choir Competition for Religious Music
- 1999, world's first performance of the Greek masterpiece "Hymn to Freedom" in the music of Nikolaos Mantzaros and lyrics by the National Poet Dionysios Solomos
- 31/12/1999, participation in the MILLENIUM events on the sacred rock of the Acropolis, which were broadcast by satellite throughout the world by Greek Television
- 2000, Best Greek Choir of the Year
- 2004, participation in the Opening Ceremony of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games
- 2006, participation in the celebrations for the 250th anniversary of the birth of W. A. Mozart at Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria
- 2011, participation in the upcoming Carmina Burana project by Carl Orff, under the direction of great Greek-American conductor Peter Tiboris
- 2012, in collaboration with the Athens State Orchestra and the Municipal Chorus of Corfu, the Carmina Burana project by Carl Orff under the direction of Vasilis Christopoulos at an event organized for the "Smile of the Child" and attended by 3,500 spectators at the Fortress of Corfu
All these years has won 9 first prizes, 4 gold medals, 5 second awards, 9 silver medals, 3 third prizes and 7 bronze medals in competitions that participated throughout Europe. It has appeared in most cities in the Greek territory in Ireland, Sweden, France, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Croatia, Bulgaria, Libya, Turkey, Serbia, Portugal, Russia and Cyprus. From 1990 to 2016 the choir was directed by Mr. Valentin Stefanov, and from 2016 until today the Choir is headed by the conductor Mrs. Anelia Stefanova.